Joe Biden and Kamala Harris State Their Opposition to Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination

Chloe Foussianes
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Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN - Getty Images
Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN - Getty Images

From Town & Country

After President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett—a highly conservative judge currently serving 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago—for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's former seat on the Supreme Court, Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were quick to "strongly oppose" Barrett's nomination.

On Saturday, soon after Trump announced Barrett's nomination in the White House Rose Garden, Biden and Harris made their stance clear.

Said Harris in a tweet, "Trump’s hand-picked successor to Justice Ginsburg’s seat makes it clear: they intend to destroy the Affordable Care Act & overturn Roe. This selection would move the court further right for a generation & harm millions of Americans. I strongly oppose Judge Barrett’s nomination."

Biden issued a statement stressing the importance of waiting until after the election to confirm a new justice. "The American people know the U.S. Supreme Court decisions affect their everyday lives," he said. "The United States Constitution was designed to give the voters one chance to have their voice heard on who serves on the Court. That moment is now and their voice should be heard. The Senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress."

The following day, Biden delivered a speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, urging the Senate to wait until after the election to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. "Just because you have the power to do something doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to do right by the American people," he said, directly addressing the Senate. "Uphold your constitutional duty. Summon your conscience. Stand up for the people. Stand up for our cherished system of checks and balances. Americans are watching. Americans are voting."

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